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Top 3 Myths About Employee Assistance Programs

    Top 3 Myths About Employee Assistance Programs Tragic events can happen to anybody; to ourselves, our friends, our family, our children or our colleagues. It is reassuring to know that there is a system in place to help and overcome those difficult times [1]. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a confidential and voluntary consultation support to employees and their families. It is completely confidential within the limits of the law [2]*. The program can be initiated over the phone, by personal appointment or online and self-guided resources. Today the services are very comprehensive and extended to: • Alcohol & Substance Abuse, • Residential School and Historical Trauma • Depression • Relationship Issues • Stress and Managing Anger • Financial and Legal Issues • Domestic Violence • Retirement Concerns and Planning • Mental Health Issues • Workplace Conflict and many more… The main goal for the program is not to punish employees but rather to: • Encourage them to receive services needed to deal with personal issues • Provide advice and consultation to managers and supervisors • Promote healthy work-personal life balance • Maintain and promote a positive work environment • Increase employee engagement. Today, employers explain EAP is a proactive, preventive effort to help employees identify and resolve personal issues before they have serious medical, family, and/or workplace consequences. The program also provides advice and consultation to managers, supervisors, and plan administrators to spot performance and morale issues when they occur, so the company can address the situation appropriately. Here are some of the most common questions asked by Human Resources and Finance Managers, and business owners...

Sticking to your new year’s resolution

  A new year brings many different opportunities and challenges. It’s also the time that many people try and improve themselves through New Year’s Resolutions. But for most, these are often easier said than done. Even if we do manage to start on our lists, it’s usually the follow through that derails our efforts. Despite our good intentions we let other aspects of our lives get in the way of these goals. Here are a few tips that may help you complete some of your 2016 resolutions.   Getting Started Once you have mustered your resolve and decided to tackle your resolutions, you should try these simple steps to help you get started.   Make a list Keeping your resolutions in your head and leaving them at the mercy of your memory may not be the best idea. Treat them like any other important tasks and write them down. If you can write down your grocery list, why not your resolutions? Start small If you’ve decided on several things to change this year, prioritize and do them one at a time. Getting fit, taking guitar lessons and starting a blog all in one month may not be the best approach. You may overwhelm yourself and increase the likelihood of sabotaging your efforts. Start with one goal and once you feel comfortable add the others. You should also take it slow. Ease into your new activities and keep in mind that consistency is the key. Be realistic This goes hand-in-hand with taking it slow. It’s great to have goals and aiming high is not a bad thing, but make sure...

Cancer Fighting Foods

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. In fact it is responsible for 30% of all total deaths in the country. It is estimated that 2 out of 5 Canadians are expected to develop some form of cancer in their lifetimes, and 1 out of 4 of those diagnosed will die from it. With those grim figures in mind it is no surprise that most Canadians are on the constant look-out for ways to protect themselves from the disease. Perhaps the best defense however is quite simply to live healthy, active lives, and there’s no better place to start than your diet. Although not a magical cure for cancer, certain food items have cancer fighting properties. Including these in your diet, coupled with regular exercise, are sure fire ways to decrease your risk of cancer. A predominantly plant-based diet is ideal for warding off cancer. Meals should contain at least 2/3rd plant type foods. Amongst other health benefits, this ensures a diet low in saturated fats. Folate rich foods There is correlation between levels of folate in the body and the chances of DNA mutation. Eating folate rich foods such as cereals, oranges and spinach may decrease your risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 50%. Source foods Cereals Pastas Oranges Spinach Romaine leaves Dried beans Asparagus Brussels sprouts Vitamin D Vitamin D has been known to cut the risks of breast cancer by half. It works by curbing the growth of cancerous cells in the body. It is recommended that an adult should receive a minimum daily dose of 1000 IU of vitamin D. Source foods...

How to tell if a mole is cancerous

Almost everyone has moles on their body. While a majority of them are harmless, some can be deadly. A normal or benign mole is often evenly colored, round or oval in shape, about ¼ inch in diameter and can either be flat or raised. Some moles are present at birth, but the majority appear during childhood. New moles that show up on adults should be examined closely as they could be a sign of melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere in the body that has pigments. It is however curable if diagnosed in its early stages. Certain factors may significantly increase your risk of skin cancer, such as chronic sun exposure, severe sunburn as a child, a family history of the disease or by simply having fair skin. How do you to tell if a mole is cancerous? One of the best way to tell if a mole is cancerous is by the way it looks. Aside from the sudden appearance of a mole a change in shape, size or color of an existing one is the most probable sign of melanoma. You may also like: Immunization for adults Dermatologists recommend using the ABCDE method to identify possible signs of the disease during your routine screening. It determines if mole is cancerous by using the following characteristics as indicators: A = Asymmetry: One side of the spot is very different from the other. B = Border: The spot has irregular edges. Either notched or blurred. C = Color: If the color is inconsistent throughout the spot. D = Diameter: If the spot is...

Immunization for Adults

When we hear the word immunization, we often think they are for children. But being protected from contagious diseases is important for all of us. Immunization is the process by which a person is vaccinated for a certain type of infectious disease, to boost their resistance or immunity. The treatment stimulates the immune system’s antibodies to help better combat the infection. These vaccines save lives. In fact they have decreased the death rate of infectious diseases to less than 5% to date. It is important to know that even though you were vaccinated for a particular type of disease as a child, you may need to get it done again later in life. This is especially important for seniors and those with weakened immune systems. What should I be immunized for as an adult? Flu Although rarely fatal, the flu virus may cause complications with those that have compromised immune systems. High risk individuals such as seniors and pregnant women should be vaccinated every year, as the flu virus may have evolved and changed. Shingles The shingles is caused by the same virus as the chicken pox. This is why it is very dangerous to contract the chicken pox as an adult. Shingles causes painful skin rash and blisters, which may spread to the face and eyes and could cause blindness. Even if you have already had chicken pox as a child, the virus could stay in your body and re-activate when your immune system is compromised due to complications or age. Chances of getting the shingles increases after the age of 50, but getting the vaccine reduces your...
Top 3 reasons why Paramedical services in employee benefits plan is a must have!

Top 3 reasons why Paramedical services in employee benefits plan is a must have!

  1. Attracts prospective talents and helps retain current ones Paramedical services are often described as a nice-to-have addition to employee benefits plans instead of must-haves. But more and more employees are seeing the importance of these services. Having them as an added value to your benefits offering not only attracts prospective talents, but also helps retain your current ones. 2. Increases employee morale and loyalty Basically the employee at hire will be responsible for paying a portion of the cost for the coverage, which will be reduced the longer he/she stays with the company. This will create good usage habits for new hires and rewards loyalty at the same time. 3. Costs can be controlled Making paramedical services work for you and your employees relies on sustainability. In order to include Paramedical Services in your benefits plan you need to manage the costs and have a budget. First of all, runaway expenses can quickly derail your plan. Managing and monitoring plan benefits usage is crucial to identifying patterns, which can be use to modify the offerings for future sustainability. Secondly, adding minor restrictions to the plan can also help mitigate bloated costs. Enforcing a per-visit or per-practitioner limit is a good idea, but can still be expensive if the plan member has a large family. Many companies have adopted this option instead a family maximum, which encourages employees to be more responsible with their usage. Another option for cost control can be to implement a tiered based coverage based on tenure.   Offering paramedical services to your workforce is a great way to keep them healthy and happy, but being...
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